Customer demand is increasing for year-round, fresh, local and organic vegetables and farmers are responding to this market opportunity by growing and storing crops for year-round markets, wholesale food box programs and winter Community Supported Agriculture boxes. ACORN hopes to support this by hosting Chris Callahan, with the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension.
By offering the expertise of an agricultural engineer in the three Maritime provinces, ACORN hopes to support growers in developing and maintaining storage systems that are adaptable, efficient and tailored to individual needs and considerations.
Paul and Sandy Arnold from Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY, popular speakers at ACORN’s 2013 Annual Conference held in Moncton last November, said “Chris is great… highly knowledgeable and really knows how to talk to farmers. We are meeting with him this year to talk more about our on-farm storage needs.”
This traveling workshop will bring the resources of ACORN to producers in their home areas and provide opportunities for local farmers to meet and discuss production plans for 2014.
Soleil Hutchinson of Soleil’s Farm in Bonshaw, PEI wrote:
“I’m really happy this workshop will be offered in Charlottetown. I’m interested in building a root cellar/cooler to store winter crops, and would be interested in anything that would help me make wise decisions on what kind of storage space would best suit me and my farm business.”
For full details, please visit www.acornorganic.org to register in the city closest to you.
Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) in collaboration with regional partners* from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are hosting a Crop Storage Regional Workshop Series with Chris Callahan from the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension from February 24th – 28th, 2014.
Workshop Dates and Locations:
Tuesday, February 25th – Dieppe, NB
Marché Dieppe Market
Wednesday, February 26th – Charlottetown, PEI
PEI Farm Centre
Thursday, February 27th – Truro, NS
Friday, February 28th – Wolfville, NS
Wolfville Farmers’ Market
*ACORN wishes to thank our Regional Partners: